Events that shaped 2018
Construction of the Vaisigano Bridge got underway in April. The $44 million tala major project is funded by Japan under a grant agreement with Samoa.
Actual construction is scheduled over 3 years with the same length of 75 meters as the old one that is to be removed.
There will be two lanes going on each direction, with provisions of seaside and upstream walls and installation of road lighting.
Once it is in place it is expected to secure a safe and disaster-resistant highway that will strengthen the transportation capacity in the country.
The aging Vaisigano Bridge was built at the beginning of the twentieth century and rebuilt with concrete in 1953, as a major arterial connection for the road network in Upolu along the east coast.
Since then it has become the main link between the township and the Apia Port.
Corrosion to the reinforcing steel caused by salt damage and concrete separation made it high risk for heavy vehicles to cross.
Since 2002 the bridge had deteriorated into a weakened state where heavier vehicles were banned from driving across.
Further damages from Cyclone Evans in 2012 reduced the strength of the bridge to the real possibility of collapsing and making it a priority to replace it.